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Carlisle, Dickinson Township to hold public meeting on Goodman Birtcher plan

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The Borough of Carlisle and Dickinson Township will host a public meeting at 6 p.m. Monday on Goodman Birtcher's 2.5-million-square-foot warehouse plan.

The Goodman Birtcher plan calls for 86 acres in Dickinson's business recreation district along Allen Road to be rezoned to business industrial. The plan includes four warehouses, the two largest in Dickinson. The property also lies in South Middleton and West Pennsboro townships, as well as Carlisle.

Dickinsonsupervisors are expected to vote on the plan March 3. Borough officials say they will take up the plan after the township makes its decision

While the majority of the plan lies in Dickinson, Goodman Birtcher needs road access through the borough. If Carlisle denies the plan, it would force Goodman Birtcher to retool its traffic plan.

Dickinson supervisors held public hearings on the warehouse plan in November and December, and took more public comment at a Feb. 17 hearing that lasted four hours. No action will be taken at Monday’s joint meeting, borough officials said.

Carlisle lawyer Nathan Wolf said opponents are "optimistic" that the opportunity to give more information will result in denial of the plan.

"Perhaps this dialogue will pave the way for future coordinated planning and zoning efforts that cross municipal boundaries," he said this morning.

Goodman Birtcher representatives plan to attend Monday's meeting, Tom Ahern, company spokesman, said this morning. Monday's meeting will be held at borough hall, 53 W. South St.

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